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Mikhail A Mukhin
Number of games in database: 64
Years covered: 1967 to 1977
Highest rating achieved in database: 2420
Overall record: +17 -17 =30 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Feb-19-1948, died May-04-1977, 29 years old) Kazakhstan

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Mikhail Alexandrovich Mukhin was born in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan. He won the USSR junior championship in 1965.1 He was the Kazakhi junior representative in the <USSR Republics Team Championship 1967>, and played 1st board for Kazakhstan in two more USSR republics team championships in 1972 and 1975.2 In the USSR Championship (1972) he finished shared 2nd with Vladimir Savon and Gennadi Kuzmin, behind Mikhail Tal, ahead of Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov, Yuri Balashov, Evgeni Vasiukov, Semyon Abramovich Furman, Vladimir Bagirov and Ratmir Kholmov. 3 His most notable international success came at <Sukhumi 1972>, where he finished 4th, behind Tal, Savon and Mark Taimanov, ahead of Alexander Beliavsky, Kholmov, Yacov Murey, Lutz Espig, Robert Huebner, Karoly Honfi, Eduard Gufeld, Duncan Suttles, Hans Ree, Nino Kirov and Vlastimil Jansa. In 1974 FIDE awarded him the international master title.1

In 2011 Anatoli Vaisser published a biography of Mukhin entitled Unfinished Game, Unfinished Love... Mikhail Mukhin (1948-1977)5


1 Russian Wikipedia Wikipedia article: %D0%9C%D1%83%D1%85%D0%B8%D0%BD, %D0%9C%D0%B8%D1%85%D0%B0%D0%B8%D0%BB %D0%90%D0%BB%D0%B5%D0%BA%D1%81%D0%B0%D0%BD%D0%B4%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B8%D1%87

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3 Bernard Cafferty and Mark Taimanov, "The Soviet Championships" (Cadogen 1998), pp.157-159

4 Rusbase [rusbase-1]


Last updated: 2017-08-18 07:37:45

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 64  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kupreichik vs M Mukhin  0-1541967URSC77 Ruy Lopez
2. Razuvaev vs M Mukhin  1-0411968Masters-Candidate MastersD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
3. Antoshin vs M Mukhin  1-0541969LeningradE92 King's Indian
4. Kholmov vs M Mukhin  0-1401970Moscow-chB50 Sicilian
5. M Mukhin vs Podgaets  0-1341972URS-ch sfE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
6. M Mukhin vs V Liberzon  ½-½581972SukhumiB44 Sicilian
7. M Mukhin vs Kholmov  ½-½271972SukhumiE41 Nimzo-Indian
8. Jansa vs M Mukhin  ½-½331972SukhumiB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
9. M Mukhin vs K Honfi  1-0311972SukhumiB41 Sicilian, Kan
10. N Kirov vs M Mukhin  0-1391972SukhumiA15 English
11. M Mukhin vs Murey  1-0731972SukhumiE60 King's Indian Defense
12. Gufeld vs M Mukhin  ½-½141972SukhumiE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
13. M Mukhin vs Taimanov ½-½621972SukhumiB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
14. H Ree vs M Mukhin  0-1251972SukhumiD81 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
15. M Mukhin vs Huebner  1-0631972SukhumiE41 Nimzo-Indian
16. Tal vs M Mukhin 1-0491972SukhumiA16 English
17. M Mukhin vs Suttles  1-0421972SukhumiA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
18. Savon vs M Mukhin  1-0411972SukhumiA15 English
19. M Mukhin vs L Espig  0-1461972SukhumiD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
20. Beliavsky vs M Mukhin  0-1411972SukhumiB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
21. M Mukhin vs V Tukmakov  ½-½331972USSR ChampionshipE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
22. L Shamkovich vs M Mukhin  0-1341972USSR ChampionshipD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
23. M Mukhin vs Bronstein 1-0471972USSR ChampionshipA21 English
24. Zhidkov vs M Mukhin  ½-½231972USSR ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
25. M Mukhin vs Vasiukov  1-0541972USSR ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
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  perfidious: It's been a good many years now, but Mikhail Mukhin was another promising young Soviet master who, if my memory hasn't totally failed me, passed on at a very early age, through illness.
Apr-09-07  Ziggurat: <perfidious> Thanks for this information.
Sep-17-07  percyblakeney: Mukhin had a couple of good results in 1972, first he participated in Suchumi and was leading after ten rounds, ahead of a field containing among others Tal, Taimanov and Savon. He ended up fourth (Tal won), but had players like Kholmov, Hübner and Gufeld 2-3 points behind.

A few months later he was one of the 22 players in the Soviet Championship in Baku. Once again Tal won, and Mukhin shared third (0.5 from second) after beating Bronstein and going +4. He didn't play any tournaments on the same level in his final years, and died at the age of 29 in 1977.

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  whiteshark: My guess is that these players are identical:
Mikhail A Mukhin and Evgeny Mukhin

In the enourmous database there were a lot of Mukhin dublets, only differing in the first name.

May-24-14  siggemannen: Does anyone know details regarding his illness? He seemed promising indeed.
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Rafael Vaganian (white) vs Mikhail A Mukhin (black)

<USSR Republics Team Championship>

Armenia vs Kazakhstan
Moscow URS, 9th March 1972
12th Soviet TCh final B, round 2

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Bc4 O-O 8. Ne2 c5 9. O-O Nc6 10. Be3 cxd4 11. cxd4 Na5 12. Bd3 Bg4 13. f3 Be6 14. d5 Bxa1 15. Qxa1 f6 16. Bh6 Re8 17. h4 Bf7 18. Nf4 Rc8 19. Kh1 Qc7 20. Qe1 Nc4 21. Qg3 b5 22. Re1 a6 23. e5 Nxe5 24. Bf5 Kh8 25. h5 g5 26. Nh3 Bxd5 27. Nxg5 e6 28. Nxh7 exf5 29. Nxf6 Nxf3 30. Bg7 Qxg7 31. Qxg7 Kxg7 32. Nxe8 Kf8 33. h6 Bg8 0-1


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Mikhail A Mukhin and Evgeny Mukhin are definitely different players.

At the <USSR Republics Team Championship 1972>, Mikhail Mukhin played for Kazakhstan and Evgeny Mukhin played for Uzbekistan.

You can see them both here in the player list from this event:

Jul-27-17  Eagle41257: He suffered from this illness:
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